NCAA Tournament: Alabama vs. Virginia Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, March 15
Game Time: 9:20 ET
Venue: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
All You Really Need To Know About Alabama (19-15)
(SEC), RPI: 41. 9-seed
A rocky season and a tough end of the regular season – losing six in a row – was saved by two wins in the SEC Tournament, starting with a last-second win over Texas A&M and a blowout win over Auburn to get to the semis, losing to Kentucky. Future NBA starter Collin Sexton is the star of the fun, averaging 19 points per game, but it’s a deep team 11 players seeing meaningful time.
It’s a dangerous defensive team against good three-point shooters, it’s among the best in the country in blocked shots, and it’s a good shooting squad. However, the O can’t hit from three, it’s a rough run on the free throw line, and there are too many fouls. However, the D is able to keep games close.
All You Really Need To Know About Virginia Tech (21-11)
(ACC), RPI: 57. 8-seed
It was a rough end to the regular season, losing three of the last four games including getting bounced out by Notre Dame right out of the ACC Tournament gate. Even so, this has been a solid team for most of the year with five players averaging in double-digits and with good scoring pop.
It’s not a deep team, though, with seven players taking on the lion’s share of the load. There’s not a big interior presence – there aren’t any blocked shots – and the rebounding isn’t quite there. But it’s a great-shooting team helped by making the right extra pass – few teams in the ACC move the ball around better.
What’s Going To Happen
Alabama has the guy in Sexton, but can he carry a mediocre team that makes a whole lot of big mistakes? The defense is great, and it’s able to clean up every rebound, and that has to be the way this works.
Virginia Tech has the offense that Bama doesn’t, and it can get back in any game with the three, but is it tough enough to hang on when it doesn’t come up enough key rebounds?
The Hokies don’t commit fouls, and Alabama does. The Hokies hit their free throws, and the Crimson Tide don’t. Get ready for a fun 8-9 fight that comes down to the line, and that’s where Virginia Tech pulls it off.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Virginia Tech 75, Alabama 71
Line: Virginia Tech -2, o/u: 141.5
ATS Confidence: 3
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